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Sudan says envoy to Egypt will return ‘very soon’
February 09, 2018
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CAIRO: Sudan’s foreign minister said the country’s ambassador to Cairo will return to Egypt “very soon.”

Ibrahim Ghandour spoke on Thursday, more than a month after Sudan recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultation, at the time signaling deteriorating relations.

Ghandour’s statements were made during a news conference in Cairo with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Both stressed strong ties between the two countries.

Earlier, the two foreign ministers met the heads of the intelligence services of both countries.

newspapers seized

Meanwhile, Sudanese security agents seized the entire print-runs of three newspapers after they covered food price protests in Khartoum and other towns, their editors said.

Opposition groups have organised repeated demonstrations since bread prices jumped in early January when a government decision to leave wheat imports to the private sector triggered a sharp rise in the cost of flour.

Several newspapers have criticised the government’s decision, and on Thursday agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) confiscated the print-runs of Al Tayar, Al Midan and Al Jadida newspapers.

“The agents of NISS confiscated all copies of our newspaper today without giving any reason,” Al Jadida editor Ashraf Abdelaziz said.

Media in Sudan is frequently targeted for their reporting. The country regularly ranks near the bottom of international press freedom rankings.

Several senior leaders of opposition groups have been arrested by NISS agents since January in a bid to prevent the food price protests from spreading.

Several journalists were arrested while covering protests in Khartoum last month. Most have since been released.

“There is a perception among senior government officials that we are communists, which is not true,” said Abdelaziz when asked why his newspaper had become a repeated target of NISS.

“We have also refused NISS orders asking us not to cover the protests.”

Anti-riot police and NISS agents have so far managed to swiftly break up the protests, which have seen small groups of demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans in Khartoum and other towns.

Sudan witnessed similar sporadic protests in late 2016 after a government decision to cut fuel subsidies.

AP/AFP
 

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